I have now tried this place 6 times. I have had one very disappointing dish (the Mahi Mahi sandwich) at $17 is really overpriced and the fish was overcooked and lacked any flavour. To be fair though the only place I have ever had mahi mahi cooked properly was Hawaii, where it is fresh and they just grill it without any fuss-it is a delicious fish but requires quick and simple handling. One of our dining companions tried the fish and chips-mmm-Tonys a few steps away do a much better job of this dish.
I have had the rib sandwich-excellent, this was shared and we both really enjoyed it. We also shared the beet and goat cheese salad, it was very good, so many great tasting fresh ingredients and it was so huge that even though we shared it we could not finish the whole thing. So that meal was a plus.
I have had the tomato and boconcini salad-it was much bigger than you usually get in restaurants here, the ingredients were fresh and very well put together.
We have both had the Whet burger-enjoyed it and I am pretty picky about my burgers. It wasn't the best we ever had but it was good and we have now had it twice. I do suggest though that you go for the (kind of expensive) add ons because the one time I didn't the burger was kind of blah.
I have had the calamari twice now, nothing special but just right when I am not too hungry and the flavour is fine.
So, if you think of Whet in the same genre as say Cactus Club, I would say their prices are similar, menus somewhat different but not radically. I have found the Cactus Club over the past few years to have really gone downhill in the quality of their food and their prices are getting too high.
I have had mixed service experiences at Whet. Some times excellent, mostly okay but inattentive (once your meal hits the table it is hard to get anyones attention if you want something else), and once it was pretty bad. Not busy at all, lots of staff but the 'primary' server was really inattentive, and we had to rely on other staff passing by to get additional things. Once the weather changes and the draw of the patio is gone, Whet will have to step up its game if they want to fill that massive indoor space. It is usually pretty empty, but so dark, it isn't really appealing.
The corn bread was good, which surprised me because it is hard to get good corn bread in Vancouver.